While Auburn QB commitment Zeke Pike and wide receiver JaQuay Williams from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga., have long been verbally committed to Coach Gene Chizik's program, linebacker Noor Davis has already pledged to the Stanford Cardinal, but that isn't keeping him from taking a visit to the Plains this weekend.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing the pageantry of Auburn," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I was up there last year for their homecoming game so this will be the second time for homecoming. It's going to be a great atmosphere. It will be a good time to meet with the coaches and players.
"It's about comparison," Davis added. "You never know what you have until you compare it to something else."
Already familiar with Auburn after being on hand for last year's homecoming game, Davis said there are a lot of good things to like about the Tigers and he's looking forward to having another chance to see things and talk with the coaches.
"It's a great environment," Davis said. "It's a great school. They won a national championship last year so they are successful. This year they are a young team and they're trying to rebuild. The coaches think I can be a valuable part of their team at the outside linebacker position. I could do a lot of things for them."
Still saying he's solidly committed to Stanford but still planning one more visit to USC, Davis said that the lack of veteran depth at linebacker is something that is intriguing about the Tigers, but in the end he knows he'll have to work for a spot no matter where he winds up signing in February.
"That's definitely a special thing, especially at a big-time school like that," Davis said. "Wherever you go you're going to have to compete. Even if I went to Auburn I would have to compete."
In addition to the official visitors Auburn commitment Josh Holsey from Creekside High in Fairburn (Ga.) is also expected in for an unofficial visit as is defensive end Stephen Weatherly from Shiloh High in Snellville, Ga. A Vanderbilt commitment, the 6-4, 200-pounder has been a verbal to Coach James Franklin since late in the summer.
Another player expected in this weekend for an unofficial visit is defensive end Carl Lawson from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga. A hard working end that is always around the football, the 6-3, 245 Lawson has a chance to be one of the fast rising players in Georgia next season.
Other expected visitors include junior college offensive lineman Winston Hunt from New Mexico Military in Roswell. The 6-7 tackle is originally from Wetumpka. Wide receiver Willie Parker from Greensboro, offensive lineman and Samford commitment Ben Tamburello from Spain Park.
Players from the 2013 class expected to visit include lineman David Gross from Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery, linebacker Josh Anderson from South Paulding High in Douglasville (Ga.), athlete Qua Boyd from Lafayette, defensive lineman Ulrich Jones from Oxford, cornerback Kamryn Melton from Dothan, and offensive lineman Alan Taylor from Cleburne County in Heflin.